The interplay of technology entrepreneurs and regulation in a new industry: the case of the drone industry

Ferran Giones, Kerem Gurses, Alexander Brem

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Technological innovations open opportunities for new entrants (techno-entrepreneurs) to transform and recreate industries, as they come as so called “innovation shocks”. These shocks can change technology trajectories and make irrelevant existing regulatory frameworks. It is unclear, however, what is the interplay between technology evolution, entrepreneurship, and regulation.
We explore the case of the drone industry emergence to extract insights on how different profiles of new entrants respond to distinct regulatory frameworks, aiming to decipher the effect that those have on the exploration and development of new tech-based innovation opportunities.
Our findings suggest that more attention should be given to the impact that regulatory responses can have on the short and long term development of emerging technological fields. We propose a process framework to make sense of the possible outcomes of distinct regulatory responses, elaborating on the consequences it has on entrepreneurial activity and overall market growth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of research on techno-entrepreneurship, third edition : ecosystems, innovation and development
EditorsFrancois Therin, Francesco Paolo Appio, Hyungseok Yoon
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication dateSep 2019
ISBN (Print)9781786439062
ISBN (Electronic)9781786439079
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019


  • industry emergence
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Drones
  • Regulation

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